IP Growth: Models to Platforms
When CAST began 19 years ago, our first products—-simulation models for standard parts—-were quickly followed by "synthesizable models" for the same parts.
We frankly hadn't planned this, but responded quickly to requests from advanced customers already making use of early synthesis tools from Synopsys and others. This set CAST on a business path that still works well today, supplying reusable intellectual property products, which came to be called IP cores.
Customer needs for IP have evolved along the way. Once over the "not invented here" hurdle, designers have fully embraced IP-based design. The smart approach today is to not reinvent the wheel, that is, to use IP for system elements that don't distinguish one's product in the market, and to focus creative design energies on the parts that do.
IP subsystems are the natural next step in this evolution. Also called platforms, these combine multiple functional cores with glue logic and essential software in a larger IP block that's pre-verified and ready to add to an SoC. A subsystem may completely handle a key operation—such as a network connectivity block—or even encapsulate application expertise most designers don't have, such as a video compression and transmission block.
CAST offers several such platforms, and we also have IP integration services available to help designers rapidly and successfully incorporate them in systems.
We're just one of many IP vendors moving up to the subsystem level. You can hear from us and others in a panel discussion I'm moderating tomorrow at the D&R IP SoC event in Grenoble.
• Platform & Subsystem IP: Trends and Realities
If you can't be there, send me your questions in advance, and also look for the results of the discussion to be published later.
-- Hal Barbour, President, +1 201.391.8300 ext. 111
High-Profile H.264 Video Encoder Core
We recently introduced a new H.264 video encoder that supports the standard's High Profile.
Sourced from long-time technology partner Alma Technologies, it builds on an existing suite of extreme-quality video cores with advanced performance and capabilities ideal for demanding applications like HD broadcast and professional camera.
The encoder’s advanced bit rate control rapidly adapts to content variations—providing excellent quality for even challenging video—and an intra-only version features extremely low latency for real-time applications. High throughput operation at lower clock frequencies enables Full-HD video compression in low-end FPGA devices, and over 1920x1080@60 input rates in ASICs.
Read more, or give us a call (+1 201.391.8300) or email to discuss how the new encoder might be the video solution you're looking for.
Real-World Processor Subsystem Energy Consumption
We've helped several customers work through the sometimes non-obvious issues of selecting processor IP that reduces a product's total power consumption as much as possible.
Just gathering published µW/MHz ratings is easy, but tells you little about the real-world energy consumption of a design. Analyzing the energy efficiency of alternative processors in the context of your specific requirements is much more challenging, but can pay off with significant energy savings for your system.
This requires understanding your application and gauging the interrelated, system-wide energy consumption effects of processor performance, code size, idle versus active periods, and chip area for your specific system. Dynamic power management techniques such as clock gating and frequency scaling are also essential.
We hope you can join us in discussing these issues in a free webinar, on Dec. 12th and again the 13th:
• CPU Subsystem Total Power Consumption: Understanding
the Factors and Selecting the Best IP
Meanwhile, learn more in our recent article for the GSA IP Working Group Blog:
• Processor IP: Understanding “Low Power” in the Real World
And if you're looking for low-power, high-performance processor today, consider our BA22 family. With versions targeting deeply embedded systems through full application processors, it's one of the best IP choices you can make.
In this Issue:
D&R IP-SoC 2012, Grenoble, France
Panel Discussion, Dec. 4, 4:00 pm:
Platform & Subsystem IP: Trends and Realities
Learn about the many issues to consider when selecting processor IP for a low-power system in this free webinar: CPU Subsystem Total Power Consumption: Understanding the Factors and Selecting the Best IP
Dec. 12 and 13.
Please register in advance >.
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“iSine provides custom ASIC and SoC solutions to multiple market segments.
The quality and support of CAST IP cores have saved us valuable time to market with these products. In this highly competitive environment, this advantage is critical to the success of our company.
CAST has repeatedly and quickly helped us out of last-minute jams and multi-vendor IP interface issues.”
Robert Gross, Sr Engineer, iSine, Inc.
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